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@MNPackman posted:

The Bucks are really missing Middleton.

He's a borderline Hall of Fame player. It's not surprising they miss him. He's a top 30 offensive player in the NBA in the regular season and probably top 10 in the playoffs since his ability to score in isolation sets is what makes him go.

It's not just that they miss him for what he can do. They also miss him for what it forces all the other guys to do outside what their optimal roles are.

Holiday can bully smaller guards, but he's not going to win in isolation against bigger players very often. Portis is a great guy to take shots when he's the 4th guy the defense has to worry about, but not when he's asked to do what Middleton does.